BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) -- A Boulder resident hosted a very unwelcome guest Thursday night when a mountain lion managed to find its way inside the home.
Police tweeted a photo of the giant cat sitting between a couch and coffee table. The homeowner says the mountain lion entered the home through a screen window and police were called after a roommate returned to find the scary surprise.
"Yeah, he said it was terrifying," said Kayla Slaughter, the homeowner. "It looked right at him and licked his lips and he (roommate) took off. I do have a picture of the mountain lion laying on the couch. It looks like it's watching TV."
The family's house cat, Klondike was stuck inside. Sadly, she was eaten.
"She was fine and that is hard, that it's the end that she had," said Slaughter.
It was heartbreaking for the Slaughters, but getting the mountain lion out was an even bigger concern. Neighbors watched as police and wildlife officers shot beanbags at windows.
"It was kind of amazing. It was sort of like looking at a zoo exhibition but you're looking at a house," said Jessie Frankel, a neighbor.
"It's just violating that this animal had free reign of our house for three hours," added Slaughter.
Authorities finally managed to coax the animal out of the front door. He walked down the street and back into the woods.
Police urge homeowners to keep ground level doors and windows closed and locked at night and when you leave the house.
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Mountain lion breaks into home, kills house cat